Judiciary in Focus

Manila, Philippines – Last Thursday, the DLSU College of Law and Lex Societas conducted a forum entitled Judiciary in Focus: A post-trial analysis of the Corona impeachment and the search for the new Chief Justice. The forum was attended by the members of the organization and law students to interact, to participate and to articulate the pressing issue.

The Guest Speakers of the said event were Defense Lawyer Judd Roy, Prosecution Neri Colmenares, Political Analyst/Strategist Malou Tiquia, News Anchor Lynda Jumilla, Defense Lawyer Karen Jimeno and DLSU College of Law Dean/JBC member Jose Mejia. The speakers have contributed their insights about the CJ Corona Trial and its implication to our judicial and political system.

From left, Defense Lawyer Judd Roy, Prosecution Neri Colmenares, Political Analyst/Strategist Malou Tiquia, News Anchor Lynda Jumilla, Defense Lawyer Karen Jimeno and DLSU College of Law Dean/JBC member Jose Mejia.

Prosecution Neri Colmenares stated how the impeachment trial of CJ Corona could be a starting point for some judicial reforms in the judiciary and illustrates the firm stance of PNoy in curbing corruption cases in the government in aid to his anti-corruption measures and initiative; and believed that they have done well in the entire impeachment process.

Meanwhile, defense lawyers Judd Roy and Karen Jimeno attributed the impeachment trial as something that is judicially immature as to some flaws and irrelevant evidence of the prosecution were considered as a ground for an impeachment case to oust an impeachable official from power (i.e., SALN issue)

The event will more likely strengthen the understanding of the students about the Philippine Law and integrate such into practice as they will be future lawyers of this country. Meanwhile, JBC member Jose Mejia believes and tries to amend some curriculum in Law Degree and its articulation to be understood by the general public and not only by law experts and practitioners.

Political Analyst and Strategist Malou Tiquia also stressed that this political phase of our government, especially by the Aquino Administration does not totally assure a holistic change in the government unless we see the tangible and concrete changes it has made in our judicial system and considers that whatever mistakes we have committed during the CJ Corona Trial should be a model and standard to avoid such unwanted failures regarding its process.

Furthermore, from the media sector, News Anchor Lynda Jumilla believes that the role of media in eyeing the government’s activities is one of the tool that they can extend to the public when majority of the Filipino people are being unfairly betrayed by the officials in power and only reports what they observe in the entire process. And even evoked laughter from the audience when she said that Senators should get rid of the robes.

Now, we all are anticipating of who will be the Next Chief Justice of the Supreme court who must uphold competence, integrity, probity, and judicial independence. JBC Selection in search for the Next CJ will start next week.

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